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partisan

adjective uk   /ˌpɑː.tɪˈzæn/ /ˈpɑː.tɪ.zæn/ us    /ˈpɑːr.t̬ɪ.zən/
strongly supporting a person, principle, or political party, often without considering or judging the matter very carefully: The audience was very partisan, and refused to listen to her speech. partisan politics
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partisan

noun [C] uk   /ˌpɑː.tɪˈzæn/ /ˈpɑː.tɪ.zæn/ us    /ˈpɑːr.t̬ɪ.zən/
(in a country that has been defeated) a member of a secret armed force whose aim is to fight against an enemy that is controlling the country someone who supports a person, principle, or political party
partisanship
noun [U] uk   /-ʃɪp/ us  
There was a certain partisanship about the way that votes were cast.
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